Get next-business-day deliveries for packages and freight

Choose from early morning, mid-morning and afternoon delivery options.

What is FedEx overnight shipping?

It's a fast next-day shipping service that delivers packages and freight in the United States. Shipments are delivered the day after they're dropped off at a FedEx location or picked up from the customer. When you ship with this FedEx Express® service, you get to choose from guaranteed delivery times.1 Make sure you get your shipment to FedEx before the overnight cutoff time. Call your local store to confirm cutoff times.

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Choose from three FedEx next-day delivery services

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Early morning delivery

FedEx First Overnight®: Delivery the next-business-day morning by 8 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. to most areas. Additional extended delivery locations are guaranteed up to 2 p.m. 

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Mid-morning delivery

FedEx Priority Overnight®: Delivery the next business day by 10:30 a.m. to most businesses in the contiguous U.S. and by noon or 4:30 p.m. to residences and some rural areas. 

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Afternoon delivery

FedEx Standard Overnight®: Next-business-day delivery by 4:30 p.m. to U.S. businesses and by 8 p.m. to residences.2

Use the rate finder to get exact transit times to your delivery area.

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Delivery days

These services deliver Monday–Friday. Saturday delivery is available in certain areas for an additional charge. FedEx Standard Overnight is only available for Saturday pickup. Saturday delivery is not available for this service. Saturday hold at location is available at no additional charge.

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Weight limit and maximum package size

You can ship packages up to 150 lbs. each, up to 119" in length, 165" in length plus girth (L+2W+2H).

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Delivery area

Delivery is available throughout the United States. Deliveries to and from select ZIP codes in Alaska and Hawaii may differ from delivery times in the contiguous U.S. Get additional details about Alaska and Hawaii.

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Drop off deadlines

The latest you can drop off a package at a FedEx location for overnight shipping varies by location. Call to confirm cutoff times with the store.

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To ship, you don’t need an account.

Create a shipping label and select your overnight service option under Service type in the Package & Shipment Details section.

Need your freight shipments delivered the next day?

Need your freight shipments and packages over 150 lbs. delivered the next day?

Use FedEx First Overnight® Freight for next-day delivery by 9 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. to most ZIP codes.

Use FedEx First Overnight® Freight for next-day delivery by 9 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. to most primary service area ZIP codes.

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Delivery time

This service delivers Monday–Friday. Saturday pickup and delivery are available in certain areas for an additional charge.

Weight limit and maximum package size

You can ship individual skids over 151 lbs. Skids over 70" high, 119" long, 80" wide or weighing over 2,200 lbs. require prior approval.

Delivery area

Delivery is available throughout the United States. Hawaii service is to and from the island of Oahu only. Deliveries to and from select ZIP codes in Alaska and Hawaii may differ from delivery times in the contiguous U.S.

Special instructions

To help prevent damage or delay, follow the packaging guidelines below. Please note, some fees apply in special circumstances.

  • Individual pieces over 150 lbs. should be banded to the pallet with either metal strapping or unbreakable plastic straps applied around the box or skid freight on all sides.
  • Hardened containers (plywood, metal) that are not banded should have an exterior lock or clamp (glue, nails and screws are not sufficient).

An Extra Services Charge will be assessed if your shipment doesn’t meet these guidelines.



Shipments to and from extended service areas may be picked up and/or delivered by a cartage agent. 


Add-on service options

Saturday pickup
Saturday delivery
Dangerous goods (except Class 7 radioactive materials)

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FedEx First Overnight Freight requires advance confirmation.

Book space online with your FedEx account or by calling 1.800.332.0807.

Calculate your overnight shipping costs

FedEx overnight costs are determined by:

The delivery time the next day

Typically, when you choose a shipping service that guarantees arrival later in the day, the lower the shipping cost. For example, FedEx Standard Overnight costs less than FedEx Priority Overnight.

The delivery address of the shipment/distance to the destination

Usually, the farther your package is shipped, the more shipping will cost. Pricing is determined by different zones, which are laid out around your origin address like a rough bullseye. The more zones you cross, the more you'll pay for shipping. For example, if you ship to Zone 1, which is 1–150 miles away, your cost will typically be less than shipping to Zone 2, which is 150–300 miles from the origin address.

Packaging type and package size, weight and density

The weight of the packaging used to ship is added to the weight of your contents. Usually, the heavier your shipment is, the higher the cost will be. 

For each shipment, your charge is based on the dimensional weight (dim weight) or actual weight of the package—whichever is greater. Dim weight reflects a package’s density, which is the amount of space a package occupies in relation to its actual weight. Calculate your dim weight

Dimensional weight is not used for FedEx Express envelopes, paks, and tubes or small, medium and large boxes. FedEx® Boxes and FedEx® Tubes have a minimum billable weight of 2 lbs. for FedEx® Boxes and 9 lbs. for FedEx® Tubes.

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Ways to reduce your shipping cost

  • Get 30% off FedEx Express shipping when you open a FedEx account.
  • Ship with FedEx Express services and your FedEx packaging is free.
  • Ship a package under 50 lbs. or an envelope under 10 lbs. and save by using FedEx One Rate®. There are no surprise fees, and the packaging is free.


Tracking your overnight shipment

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  • Customize your delivery with FedEx Delivery Manager, where you can manage your delivery by receiving alerts and providing special delivery instruction.

Packaging for overnight shipments

FedEx White Packaging

Free FedEx Express® packaging

Choose from 12 white packaging options for your overnight shipments. We offer envelopes, paks, tubes and boxes in sizes small to extra-large.

  • If you don’t have express packaging, you can ship with your own instead.
  • Need help packing? Head to a FedEx Office location, and our experts can pack your box for a fee. 

If you don’t have express packaging, you can ship with your own instead.

Need help packing? Head to a FedEx Office location, and our experts can pack your box for a fee. 

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Cold shipping boxes

If you’re shipping items that need to be delivered the next day and must stay cold overnight, use our cold shipping boxes that maintain a constant 2–8°C (35.6–46.4°F) temperature. They’re easy to use, and you can order them online. Or call our cold shipping hotline at 1.888.817.9993 (U.S. shipping) or 1.813.612.6010 (non-U.S. shipping) to learn more.

Answers to your FedEx overnight shipping questions

How does FedEx overnight shipping work?

Overnight shipping is a delivery service that guarantees shipments will be delivered the next day by a certain time. If your shipment is 150 lbs. or less, we offer three different delivery options for overnight delivery, depending on when you need your package to arrive. If your shipment is over 150 lbs., choose FedEx First Overnight Freight for next-day delivery.  

To ensure a shipment will be delivered the next day, you must create a shipping label, pack the shipment and get it to FedEx by the latest drop off time. Cutoff times and hours vary by location. You must meet the cutoff time to get your shipment delivered the next day. See the hours of locations near you

Can I overnight a letter?

Yes, you can overnight a letter with FedEx overnight services. We offer three different delivery options: early morning, mid-morning and afternoon.

You can use a FedEx Express envelope or your own. To get started, you must create a shipping label online, print it and place it on your envelope. If you don’t want to print the label at home or if you don’t have an envelope handy for your letter, head to a FedEx location. Express envelopes are free when you ship using overnight services.

How much does it cost to overnight a letter?

The cost to overnight a letter depends on the overnight shipping service selected and the distance to the delivery address. The earlier in the day you need the letter to be delivered, the more shipping will cost. Get overnight rates.

What is the latest drop off time for FedEx overnight? What is the FedEx overnight cutoff time?

Cutoff times and the availability of Saturday drop off vary by location. You must drop off the package by the specific cutoff time for your package to be delivered the next day. There is no additional charge for dropping off a shipment at a retail location on Saturday. Hours vary by location.

If your local customers are ordering late in the evening, offer them next-day delivery for their orders with FedEx Extra Hours™. You can drop off packages late at qualified locations for next-day FedEx Express local delivery.

Contact your account representative to get started. Or call 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 to learn more.

What is the fastest overnight shipping option?

The fastest overnight delivery option is FedEx First Overnight. You can expect your package or envelope to be delivered by 8 a.m. the next business day in most areas.

Can I overnight a package on the weekend?

If you use FedEx First Overnight or FedEx Priority Overnight, shipments can be picked up and delivered on Saturday in many areas for an additional charge.

If you use FedEx Standard Overnight, packages can be picked up, not delivered, on Saturday for an additional charge. Overnight shipments aren’t delivered on Sundays.

Is FedEx one-day shipping, overnight shipping and same-day shipping the same thing?

One-day shipping and overnight shipping are interchangeable terms. In general, they mean a package should be delivered the next business day, unless otherwise stated.

Same-day shipping means a package is delivered later on the same day that you hand the package over to our team members for shipping. We offer options for same-day delivery within many cities as well as cross country.

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2FedEx Standard Overnight delivery is available in all 50 states, but only to addresses where the FedEx Priority Overnight delivery commitment is by 10:30 a.m. or noon.